How to tell if eggs are bad? What can you do to tell? Let’s get right into it!
This article is all about how to tell if eggs are bad, and why you should buy them. I’ll also be showing you how to pick out the eggs that are bad and keep from being bought by those looking for cheap eggs. First things first…don’t worry, I won’t be giving you some quick method on how to know when an egg is bad or not. The best way is by reading my article, which gives you a very detailed look at what can cause an egg to be bad. So, here we go:
Eggs are not all the same. There are some that are not so fresh, others that have been sitting in the egg basket for a few days and some that are still fresh and were even just sitting there in the egg carton. These days, you can find eggs with more than one color. Yellow eggs, and white eggs, and even blue ones, you name it. I am not going to get into how to differentiate one egg from the nest here, but this article is for the people that have been buying eggs for a long time and know their differences.
So now we want to move on to the question of how to tell if eggs are bad. If you are like me, you are probably wondering, is it really possible to tell if an egg is bad? Well, depending on what your personal definition of bad eggs is, yes it is. There are many ways to tell whether an egg is bad…
Eggs are really hard to crack. Sometimes, they can break the shell completely before the yolk is even released. In some cases, if the egg has a lot of bacteria in it, the yolk will break as well, so be careful and check the yolk with a food coloring test to make sure the egg is not contaminated.
Eggshells have lots of lumps. They are usually gray or brown, but sometimes there are spots or even streaks. This is especially true of white eggs, because white eggshells contain a lot of bacteria and a lot of calcium. So, don’t be surprised if your eggshells look like they are coated with mud, or dirt, or even bits of egg, these are signs that your egg may be bad.
An egg that tastes bad…is an egg that is already past its prime. As we all know, eggs are very fragile and can easily get cracked. So, an egg that has gone bad should not have that fresh eggy flavor any longer. You can smell the eggs when you are cleaning the pan and you can also smell the yolk a little bit (it shouldn’t have an odor), if it is gone.
Eggs that come out too dry…eggs that aren’t as fresh as they should be.
I wouldn’t put your eggs in the refrigerator until you have chilled them for at least 15 minutes. Once you have chilled them, check to see if you have some liquid inside the eggshell. The liquid will tell you if you should give your egg a chance to sit longer or not, the eggs should be cool enough to just refrigerate and then be cooked for good.
Eggs that are overcooked…eggs that are overcooked. It is important to cook the eggs carefully in order to get the best results. If you overcook them, they can actually be pretty tough or crunchy. And, if you do overcook them, you will end up with hard yolks. If this happens, try to only cook your egg for a few extra minutes to make it soft again.
Eggs that are not in the proper shells…eggs that aren’t fully harden enough. when you poke them with a fork.
If you know how to tell if eggs are bad, then the next step is to take a look at the yolk and the eggshells to see if they are clean. If the eggshells look dirty, it could mean that the egg had a lot of bacteria inside the egg and the yolk was overcooked, so make sure you cook the egg again. If your eggshells are clean, then you can be safe to eat them!